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Dear Guests,

PUERTO VALLARTA HOUSE RENTAL ANNOUNCES….Bienvenidos a Villa Encanto! Over the years, our family has been coming to Bucerias to enjoy Villa Encanto like its many guests. The beautiful people, ocean, and surrounding is so intoxicating that in 2005 we decided to purchase this House.

Since then, we have been working diligently to get the House ready for your stay. Many improvements and changes are continually made that will reflect the classic Spanish hacienda feel while also incorporating many modern comforts. Our spectacular Puerto Vallarta/Bucerias House rental is exquisite in every detail. Come see why our guests say “We are coming back to your oceanfront house… Puerto Vallarta/Bucerias is our favorite house in town!”

For those past guests, you will notice new Spanish tile flooring in the main living room as well as the downstairs master bedroom. New energy efficient dual pane windows and doors. Additionally, you will find new furnishings, king beds in all 7 bedrooms, new beddings, draperies, artwork, lighting and a state of the art air conditioning system throughout. Most importantly, we created a media room in the basement where you will be able to enjoy a 42” widescreen HDTV, DVD/VCR combo, connected to “SKY” satellite service as well as a large collection of DVDs for the entire family. For those who just can’t get away from the office, WIFI with 200MB access points throughout the villa, a HP multi function fax/printer/scanner and a Vonage internet line for all of your long distant calls to the US or Canada – for FREE!

We are still in transition and have more improvements to come. We hope that your stay with us is wonderful in every way.


Your Villa Encanto Family

Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico?

There is a new popular website on travel safety in Mexico worth checking out. The “How Safe is Mexico?” Website provides detailed information on the parts of Mexico that are safe to travel to, as well as maps and other travel resources. Travel resources include safety tips, reviews of popular travel destinations and links to popular travel websites focused on Mexico. The website also allows you to compare global crime statistics to that of Mexico – lending some perspective to sensationalized media reports.

The Village of Bucerias

Located a short 10-mile cab ride north of Puerto Vallarta is the beach village of Bucerias – “place of the divers”.

The town square, dominated by its large whitewashed church and spire, is the cultural and religious hub of Bucerias. It is also the center of businesses in the town square. The taxi stand and school are nearby, as are any number of small shops, storefront merchants, and street vendors. The ice cream stand is especially popular at nighttime, as are the string of open-air and patio restaurants and bars along the beachfront. Walking along the beach and cobblestone streets in Bucerias is quite safe, day or night; the residents welcome the courteous traveler, and will shyly say “hola” as they pass you on the street.

There is little known about the history of the Bay of Banderas (Bay of flags) which occupies the coast of Nayarit and Jalisco. This is due to the fact that throughout most of its existence the region has been occupied by various tribes indigenous to the area who did not keep written records of their endeavors. It is known that the Bay was traversed by the Filiacion Nahuatl tribes during their pilgrimage to the Valley of Mexico. Archeological evidence also proves the presence of the Aztec and the Toltec Indians in the areas of Sayulita, Higuera Blanco, Punta de Mita, San Juan de Abajo and Valle de Banderas. Unfortunately, since none of these tribes kept much in the way of written records it is difficult to determine who arrived in the region first.

The Bay of Flags plunges to around 1800m (5900ft), has 160km (100mi) of sensational shoreline and comfortably makes it into the list of the 10 biggest bays in the world (it’s number seven). Ostensibly the submerged crater of a long-extinguished volcano, Bahía de Banderas is an environmental wonderland populated by giant manta rays, dolphins and (during their birthing season from November through March) humpback whales. It’s also inhabited by humans, occupying themselves by diving, fishing, water skiing and generally dipping their collective big toe in the bay’s waters.

Banderas Bay (Bay of Flags) is a horseshoe-shaped bay theorized to have been formed by an ancient volcanic crater. It is the largest natural bay in Mexico and the second largest in North American – surpassed only by Canada’s Hudson Bay.

Banderas Bay measures nearly 20 miles across with over 40 miles of coastline and is considered one of the deepest bays in the world with depths of up to two miles. The waters of Bahia de Banderas are protected from the inclement weather of the open seas because it faces west and is framed by the Sierra Madre mountain range.

With its deep, calm waters, Banderas Bay offers some of the best sport fishing in the world. Humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles and giant manta rays are also inhabitants. At one time, great pearl banks were found, which caused much greed among the early Spaniards who first settled on Banderas Bay.

The highlights for divers and snorkeling are Los Arcos, a grand tangle of environmentally protected rocks just south of Playa Gemelas, and the Islas Marietas, a maze of reefs, tunnels and underwater caves at the mouth of the bay that’s regularly attended by marine wildlife. Fortunately for those who get Steven Spielberg flashbacks and still aren’t sure if it’s safe to go back in the water, this doesn’t include sharks, which are kept out of the bay by resident dolphins intent on protecting their young.


Local Information

Time zone

  • GMT -6 hours
  • Central Standard Time

Language(s) spoken

  • Spanish is the main language.
  • Services are also offered in English.

Electrical system

  • Local voltage is 110 to 120 volts AC.

Shopping hours

  • Monday to Sunday 8:30 am to 9:00 pm

Working hours

  • Monday to Sunday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm



Walking Tour of Bucerias

  • Corona Beer plant- 2.5 kms (right) stoplight
  • Domino’s Pizza – 4.1 (right)
  • Ameca River – 6.2 State Border-Entering Nayarit/ Leaving Jalisco
  • Nuevo Vallarta south entrance – 7.4 (right) overpass exit
  • Pemex Gas Station- (right)
  • Nuevo Vallarta Main Entrance – 8.9 (left) stoplight
  • Farmacia Guadlajara 8.9 (right) stoplight
  • Mezcales Crossroad – 11.1 (right) stoplight
  • Flamingo’s Golf Ball Water Tower – 13.5 (left)
  • Overpass (Bridge)- 14.3
  • Pemex Gas Station – (left) look for service road to right and exit
  • DeCamaeron Hotel sign/OXXO – 16.2 (left) stoplight-turn LEFT here
  • DeCameron Hotel Bldg. – 16.7 in front and to your left-make RIGHT turn here
  • Villa Encanto 17 left on Augustin Melgar / Oasis Restaurant

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